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What should I expect from OneGreatFamily as a Guest
or Subscriber?by Chelsea Beattie - Marketing
Even with all the benefits an online genealogy
service can provide, most researchers are still hesitant to
subscribe because it is a decision filled with questions and
uncertainty about trust and credibility. Trust is an important
concept whenever you provide any information to any commercial
entity. Trust is often more difficult to earn for companies that do
online business. Some considerations include how your information
will be used and the business model of the company receiving your
One of the main ideas behind OneGreatFamily is
that we are all researching together, so that we can save time and
work by building a foundation of trust. In order to build trust,
documentation and credibility is needed. At OneGreatFamily it is not
only important to provide you with information, but credible and
accurate information. We do this by requiring documentation about
how, where, and from whom the genealogical information was
Trust is not the only attribute researchers expect
from an online genealogy service. Online services must also be easy
to use, produce fast results, save time and money, be convenient,
and generate constant growth. At OneGreatFamily we make sure our
subscribers and guests are getting what they expect from an online
genealogy service by offering these benefits and more. We help you
to uncover the information you need in the quickest and most
economical way. OneGreatFamily is a service that was created to help
genealogists get through their "brick walls" and move forward with
the help of others from around the world. With OneGreatFamily you
are able to see others who are researching your family lines,
perform live collaboration with others, match and merge information,
and verify and expand your family tree.
As guests and
subscribers you should only expect the best from your online
genealogy service. OneGreatFamily continues to make improvements to
its online service and to the overall health of the company.
OneGreatFamily is one of the few success stories of online
subscription services. With a growing subscription base, the company
has created a solid foundation on which it will build for years to
come. We hope that by using OneGreatFamily you have discovered the
real value of genealogy, which is finding out about the people and
places which made you who you are!
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How can I identify and avoid fraud while doing
You should be aware of at least three forms of fraud while you
research your family tree online. This article will help you avoid
falling prey to phony websites, malicious scams, and fraudulent
has motivated some people to "capitalize" on the desire of
genealogists who possess the drive and passion to find their
ancestors. Genealogy and technology expert Dick Eastman helped
expose Elias Abodeely of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as one such scam
artist. Through a number of "genealogy websites," most notably
GenSeekers, Abodeely allegedly billed genealogists by getting them
to subscribe to a site that simply linked to other
Beware of websites that charge fees to access links
or pieces of information that are freely available elsewhere on the
Internet. These sites often make people pay twice to access the
record they are looking for. A fooled consumer may pay the
fraudulent website and then pay separate subscription fees to the
legitimate websites that provide the real value.
way to avoid such frauds is to make sure you know what you are
paying for and can try the website before you are billed for the
service. Another way to protect yourself is to ask fellow
researchers if they have used the site and what their experience has
been. You may also want to look for a means of contacting the site's
owner or administrator. Fraudulent websites seldom provide any means
The rise of fraudulent websites is one reason
OneGreatFamily allows new guests to take advantage of a 7-day free
trial. Registered guests who have taken time to become familiar with
OneGreatFamily understand what they are paying for when they decide
to subscribe to the service.
While phony websites are one form of genealogy
scam, some scams are even more malicious. Ebay and other online
services have recently warned customers against submitting personal
information, such as account logins, billing information, and social
security numbers, though email forms. Some crooks can get people to
provide all the information they need for financial gain through an
official-looking email message.
Always make sure you are on a
company's official website before making a transaction or providing
login information. Never provide information, such as billing
information or a social security number, without a clear
understanding of why the information is required and how the
information will be used. Also, take the time to read and understand
the terms and conditions of any offer you receive.
malicious scams are designed to get access to your bank account. The
perpetrator of such a scam will often say they have money they want
to deposit into your account. The reason for the deposit may be an
inheritance check or a transfer from a foreign account where the
person claims to be in distress or a "political prisoner." They will
ask for your bank account information to make their deposits;
however, instead of depositing funds, they empty the
Fraudulent Genealogy Information
first two forms of fraud are malicious and motivated by greed. The
perpetuation of fraudulent genealogy information, on the other hand,
is typically more benign. The root of this fraud, however, typically
stems from the same greed.
Much of the false genealogical
information that has been published is also the result of greed.
Several incidents of this sort of fraud have been documented as
being done by hired researchers who wanted to embellish the research
they were providing. Other false information has been perpetuated by
researchers who have tried to "prove" relationships with little
supporting evidence. In many cases, when a well-meaning researcher
is given a choice between two possible alternatives, the more
convenient or glamorous alternative is chosen without first looking
for more evidence.
Several of these genealogies were
"created" by Gustave Anjou, who repeatedly ensured his clients had
genealogies that included several high-profile
Unfortunately, much of this "research" has found
its way into the databases of sincere researchers who were happy to
quickly claim these high-profile (albeit false) ancestors as their
This information has also made its way online. In most
cases, this information has been shared and promulgated unknowingly.
The only way to identify and correct the result of this fraud is by
carefully examining and documenting each piece of
Even in cases where sources are given, you may need
to consult with the original source to verify that information is
OneGreatFamily can help. OneGreatFamily lets you see
alternatives for information in your family tree and collaborate
with people who can help identify false information that may have
crept into your tree. You can also share your discoveries and
documentation with others to correct false information they may have
unwittingly accepted from another source.
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information in your family tree
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